A big week-end of Sport last week end, that started on Friday evening and did not finish until Sunday afternoon.

I would like to start by congratulating the Knox Mountain Bike students who spent their Sunday a long way away from home in Yellowmundi Regional Park competing at the NSW All Schools Mountain Biking Championships. The team, through their hard work and commitment, are now the proud state champions for Mountain Biking in NSW schools. Congratulations. Well done and a big thank you to parents in supporting their sons by driving them all that way.

On Friday evening the 1sts and 2nds Basketball went to St Aloysius with both teams winning and playing some good Basketball. This continued on Saturday with all our team sports able to go ahead on what was a lovely day.

I was able to visit both the Surf Life Saving and Sailing where unfortunately the Sailing was unable to occur due to the high gusty winds. However the students were able to achieve lots of practice in rigging and swimming which I know will benefit them when back on the water. The Surf Life Saving boys were working hard with the year 9s and 10s to get their qualifications and the Opens supporting students and also working on their competition skills.

Other sport on Saturday went well with the Volleyball 1sts and 2nds both achieving wins with great team work and commitment from all involved.

Across all sports there were some great wins, some draws and losses and I know that all students continued to support the school, their team and themselves in the right manner. I look forward to them competing again this week-end against Trinity and I wish them all the best. Good luck and go the black and blue.
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'If your ship doesn’t come in, swim out to it.'
Jonathan Winters

Water Polo - Prep

See the notice in Senior section.

Colours

Co Curricular Colours for 2016  
Years 9 – 12 Colours have been finalised and a draft list will be posted early next week on the Portal.

Students need to check this list and any queries or concerns re Colours awarded should be referred back to the MIC of their activity.  This list will be finalised and confirmed at the end of week 6 when students will then need to follow directions as below to get their colours embroidered on their blazers in the holidays.

Students will meet with staff from the Uniform shop to do the paperwork for Blazer submission as follows:

Lawson Centre foyer for years 9 and 10 - Wednesday 30 November, Thursday 1 December, Friday 2 December, Monday 5 December.

The KSSA for Year 11, at recess and lunch times – Tuesday 6 December and Wednesday 7 December.   

Students will hand their blazers in to be embroidered after Presentation Day or their last day of attendance in the Lawson Centre or KSSA. All blazers must be clearly named, pockets emptied and badges removed.

Blazers will be ready for collection from the Uniform shop from Friday 27 January 2017.  
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Baseball

Mr Jason Van Blerk, MIC Baseball

This weekend the Knox U19 took on the undefeated Cherrybrook Giants. The game unfortunately scored a loss of 14-5. Play saw some stellar performances on the pitching mound from star starter Connor Rockwell, as well as a great performance from Ritvik Somaiya in his second ever game on the mound.
Batting needed more strength but with an impressive rally in the last inning the team managed to pull in 5 runs with everyone showing impressive discipline in the batters box.  This will be worked on in training.  

The U16’s team went down to a strong Saint Ignatius Riverview team 20-13.
Charlie Hennesy showed an outstanding performance on the mound and with the bat, well done considering it is only his second time on the pitch mound. The team played well after a slow start with Berend Hollander hitting a home run to bring in 4 runs.

With several new faces in the U16’s the boys are improving each week.   Well done.  
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Basketball

Ms Ellie Manou, MIC Basketball

Coming off the disappointment of last week’s loss to Barker it was important for our 1sts to remain positive and continue to work hard at practice to prepare for the match against St Aloysius.

Our boys were very excited to play in a Friday night game it certainly was an entertaining display of basketball from both schools. The first half was tightly contested with Aloys forcing Knox to work hard in every possession but as the game progressed Knox asserted their dominance and came away 71 – 48 victors. Brad Ellwood was in impressive form, connecting on 4 of his 5 3-point shot attempts. Lachlan McKimm also had one of his most productive games finishing with 23 points and 11 rebounds. Marcus Hayden continues to lead this group from the point directing game play and finished the game with 10 points, 8 boards and 3 assists. Defensive intensity was the focus for our boys last week leading in to the game and they executed the game plan well finishing with 29 points off turnovers, 24 deflections, 13 steals which led to 20 of our points scored in transition. 

Our 2nds started the game in impressive form with a 10-0 run. Tom Hulley played a fantastic game coming off sickness and was a real presence for Knox dominating inside. Will Bradley also showed intensity for the 2nds and had a fantastic game. Our boys need to work harder on building on leads and recognising game tempo. They managed to hold on in the end to win the game 30-27. 

The Open’s group performed well finishing the day with a 9 win and 2 loss record. The 3rds (W – 56-26) and 4ths (W – 56-18) stepped up significantly from their performance from last week winning both their games. The 11ths played a fantastic game of basketball coming away 52-6 victors. The remainder of the results are as follows: 5ths (W – 38-24), 6ths (19-26), 7ths (W – 23-14), 8ths (L – 16-18), 9ths (W - 23-9) and 10ths (W- 26-12).

The Year 10 group faced another tough round finishing with a 1 win and 5 loss record. The A’s and B’s both showed great glimpses but could not execute coach Paul Brotherson’s game plan losing 21-25 and 24-27 respectively. The 10F’s had a fantastic game led by Henry Smith who was active in defence which led to steals and lay ups which contributed to their 34-18 win. The C’s lost 25-45 and D’s lost 17-46. 

Year 9 continues their fine form with a 6 win and 1 loss record. The 9A’s lost to Aloys last year and were eager to redeem themselves which they did in a 38-21 victory in a great team effort. The B’s were also equally impressive finishing the game 48-10 victors. The 9C’s had their first defeat of the season going down 24-37. The G’s had an impressive game finishing 49-8. The remainder of the CAS games results include: D’s (W – 36-9), E’s (W- 20-7) and F’s (W – 36-2). Our H, I and J’s played against Newington G, H and I’s and put on a great performance especially the J’s winning 42-8. Our K’s played against Barker I’s and went down 18-29. The boys will work hard at training this week on finishing their lay ups.

The 8’s also had another great week finishing undefeated with 6 wins. The game of the round goes to the 8J’s who defeated Newington H’s 60-0 – fantastic effort boys! Our A’s and B’s won 31-23 and 42-18 respectively. Both teams having working hard on fundamental spacing principals and coach Michael D’Agostino was please that both teams executed this successfully on the weekend. The remainder of the CAS results were fantastic including: C’s (W - 29-21), D’s (W – 44-14), E’s (W – 57-7), F’s (W - 38-0). The remainder of our teams played in some excellent games against GPS and CAS schools including: G’s v Riverview (W - 46-19), H’s v Scots (W – 32-11), I’s vs Newington (W – 29-16), K’s v Trinity (W – 30-24) and L’s v Trinity (forfeit).

If your son is going to absent from his game please let me know (manoue@knox.nsw.edu.au) prior to Saturday so we can make arrangements to ensure that all teams can compete on Saturday. 

Next up will be Trinity with our Open’s and Year 8 at home and Years 9 and 10 away. It will be a great test across the board for our basketball teams as Trinity has arguably the strongest basketball program in the CAS.
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Cricket

Mr Ian Butler, 1sts Cricket Coach

1st XI
After a week of tough training the side were determined to play their very best.
Losing the toss away at St Aloysius meant a tricky first hour required some skillful batting to negotiate. Will Navratil (27) and Pat Coburn (31) played straight and left well. Both players were well set for a big score but unfortunately could not go on, a positive sign though with the biggest opening partnership (58) for Knox in recent memory! Henry Wines (47) and Jack Hoyle (60 off 55 balls) played aggressive cricket to continue the charge until Knox lost 3 wickets for 6 runs to stunt the progress. Knox wanted to declare at Tea to allow a chance of hunting an outright victory, although we were 40 runs short of the ideal score, a late 27 not out from Tom Ivers on debut including 2 big sixes, saw us all out in last over before tea for 243. 

Accurate and unrelenting lines from the bowlers gave Aloys nothing early and although it took time for the wickets to come, Aloys quickly fell to 3/5 after 11 overs. A very disciplined performance from the seamers bowling 14 maidens between them, Nic Gallu continued his superb form with 2-20 off 10, Jack Hoyle bowled extremely well to take 1-8 off 8 and Henry Kinsey bowled with pace and fire to snare 2-15 leaving Aloys ending the day at 5/69. An important weekend coming up, Aloys require another 74 runs to avoid the follow on, a long day ahead if we can bowl well, but a crucial match to stay in touch with the leaders and an outright is essential.  

2nd XI
Things started well with Tom Moscou winning his 3rd toss in 3 attempts. Josh Owens and Alex Doling-Cook survived some very impressive swing bowling at the top of the innings. Although wickets began to fall Alex made batting look easy as he bashed his way to 74 with 12 boundaries and 1 maximum. Unfortunately, the only other contribution was a more controlled 24 from Matt Wedlock. Knox were dismissed for 154.
 
Felix Walsh started with a bang, taking a wicket with the first ball of the innings. This was the beginning of our best session in the field thus far. The boys maintain a much higher intensity and focus throughout the afternoon and the fielding and generally positive atmosphere is now our new standard.
 
Stephan DuPlooy was the main destroyer with figures of 4/15 and at times was completely unplayable.  

3rd XI
Knox 3rds had an extremely close and entertaining victory against St Aloys 3rds.
Knox won the toss and decided to bat first. Our openers struggled with the unexpected bounce of the pitch and were dismissed fairly quickly. Alex Zatz and Rahul Bhatnagar then came in at 4 and 5 and steadied the ship and gave Knox a bit of momentum. Rahul got out just before drinks for a hard fought 15 before Patrick O’Day came in and continued the momentum building a partnership with Zatz. He was then dismissed for 19 after playing some superb cricket shots. Zatz continued his attacking batting style getting lucky a few times however he went on to top score for Knox with 47 before getting caught at point. Knox had a terrible collapse after this dismissal losing our final 5 wickets for 7 runs ending their innings with 131.

Knox's bowling performance fluctuated tremendously with a mix of superb tight bowling and loose short bowling. Obviously a total of 128 was a tough one to defend and thus Knox could not afford to bowl short to the St Aloys big hitters. Opener Michael Loong bowled well and got both of their openers out fairly quickly finishing with figures of 2-23 off 4 overs. First change Patrick O’Day continued this momentum bowling 3 overs and finishing with figures of 2-21. The real strike bowler for the day was Matthew Stutchbury bowling extremely good lines, finishing with 4-18 off his 5 overs. Knox were under pressure as St Aloys needed under 10 runs with 2 wickets in hand. Matthew was called on to bowl his second spell and bowled exactly what his captained asked and got the final 2 wickets bowling them out for 127. 


4th XI 
This weekends game brought different challenges for the 4th's. As the squad was all changed due to injuries up above. The boys did very well to get the result with players they have never played with before. A big thank you should go out to the year 10 boys that backed up and played for the 4th's and 10B's on Saturday. The game was reduced to T20 by request of St Aloyius, which suited Knox to reduce the load on the year 10 players before their game. 

It took Knox a while to get going not scoring in the first 2 overs. Knox achieved a total of 113. Notable scorers were, Hugo Grundy not out on 33, Ethan Shockman made a quick 19 before being caught and bowled. 
Aloys made a good fist of the game. Reaching a score of 102 batting all 20 overs, their highest scorers finished on 29 and 31 not out. Bowling figures were promising for Knox; Finn Douglas finished with 0 wickets from 4 overs only conceding 6 runs. Luke Bray collected 2 wickets, for 1 run from 1 over.  Matt French also collected 2 wickets from his  4 overs.

10A
After mixed results in the first two rounds, Knox was keen to start strongly in what was many of the boys’ first hit-out at Curagul.  Winning the toss for the third week in a row, captain Jason Whiffin elected to bat first. Setting an ambitious goal of losing under 2 wickets in the first hour (admittedly against a strong St Aloysius side), Knox started steadily before losing two wickets in quick succession – leaving us at 2-49 at the first drinks. Toby Craig (16) played a gritty knock and dug in against some electrifying swing bowling. John Nevell (37) looked in ominous touch before an ill-timed runout swung the momentum back to Aloys to leave Knox 4/81 shortly after the second drinks. Will Seitam made a hard fought 20 but Aloys kept the pressure up through the third session, leaving Knox at 6-114 at the third drinks.  Unfortunately, wickets continued to fall in clusters and despite some late resistance from Viruna Tennakoon (14) and Harry Charalambous (9), Knox was eventually bowled out for 142 in the 60th over. Jamie Cerezo batted with superb temperament to finish on 20*, and remained composed despite wickets falling steadily around him. This batting performance had plenty of promise but indecisive foot movement and streaky batting outside the off stump, combined with meticulously disciplined bowling made it difficult for Knox to find a rhythm. Despite a modest score - as the old adage goes - ‘never judge a wicket until both teams have batted’ – which is often true for Curagul with plenty on offer for the seamers early on. St Aloysius managed to reach stumps at 0-2 after 4 overs, with Harry Charalambous and Ollie Sloan starting positively. While a mixed day for Knox, huge credit should go to Harry Charalambous and Will Seitam for battling through for their teammates. Knox cricket prides itself on such grit and the team will look to learn from their example and leave nothing out on the field come next Saturday. 

10B
After a second consecutive week winning the toss we elected to bat. Some solid shot play saw us off to a good start before a couple of wickets around the 10 over mark. With the promotion of Tasman and Henry Cross the depth of our batting looked to be an issue. However in came newly appointed Captain Tom Supple who played a blissful knock of 58 in partnership with Ben Martin 47. This proved to be our best all round batting performance, looking for singles and hitting the bad ball securing a respectable total of 6/188 in our 32 overs.
A recurring theme with the side is unfortunately their poor discipline in the field. Good bowling efforts by the fast bowling cartel of Lilley, Carmen and Boyd provided good deliveries and great chances. Unfortunately for the second week in a row catching let us down and allowed Aloys to chase the total down. The No 3 From Aloys was provided 4 life lines in the field before finally being secured on the rope for 92. This had us on the back foot for almost the entirety of our session in the field. Highlights included Sam Lilley 3/24 (including 8 byes) off his 6 overs, as well as newly promoted Adam Holmes proving handy with both bat and ball (0/14 off 3)
Catching is definitely on the agenda again at training!

10C
Knox had a great victory over Sydney Grammar after setting an impressive total.
Knox won the toss and decided to bat first. The openers got Knox off to an unbelievable start with Hamish Quigley scoring 45 runs off just a few overs before being bowled after an unlucky bounce and the ball staying incredibly low. Oscar Cheal then continued the momentum for most of Knox's innings scoring an impressive 68 with both some explosive hitting and smart cricket shots. Jacques Du Plooy, Michael Adams and Jared Meyer all then came in and contributed with 16, 19 and 15 respectively and helping Knox finish the innings with 213 runs.
Knox's bowling innings started off fantastically restricting them of runs as well as getting some crucial wickets. Knox had them 8-48 in the 17th over after Michael Pinn bowled some extremely good areas getting 4-8 off 4 overs. To add to his fantastic 4 wicket haul, Michael also got a runout whilst fielding at fine leg. Knox's bowling then began to deteriorate, bowling short and wide for Sydney Grammar to put away and bat the rest of the overs scoring 125 for the loss of 9 wickets.  A well deserved win to Knox!

9A
The 9As commenced their 2-dayer against St Aloysius on Saturday. Knox lost the toss and was made to bowl first, taking to the field with great enthusiasm. Opening bowlers Zac Thomas and Will Fernandez pinned the Aloys batsmen back early, with Fernandez ending up taking 2 wickets in his opening spell. 
The spinners then came on towards the 20th over with Oscar Petro bagging 5/46 and Dan Hardyman 1/27 off 15. They both managed to slow down the run-rate exceptionally well, producing 8 straight maidens between them at one stage.
Aloys finished finished all out for 166 and this left Knox 25 minutes to survive . The boys started well facing the new ball, with Harrison Ferry unlucky to get out early. The day ended with Knox 1/9 off 6 overs. 

9B
After Aloys won the toss and elected to bat, Knox's bowlers began with the intent of taking early wickets and restricting runs. Early wickets began to tumble for Aloys with both Knox opening bowlers taking a wicket each. Part time 'tweaker' Hamish Quigley came on as first change and proceeded to take 4/6 as well as a run out assist. Adi Srivatsan continued the momentum by finding himself on a hat trick. Unfortunately, he could not convert however Aloys innings was in a bad situation and Knox ended up bowling Aloys out for 54.
Knox began their innings with intent of reaching the total quickly, however running between the wickets saw run outs and near misses for Aloys. However, a 40 run stand between Dan Mulcahy and Adi Srivatsan saw Knox to the total after 13 overs. Notable performances go to Hamish Quigleys 4/6 off 4 overs and Dan Mulcahy and Adi Srivatsan's 40 run partnership.

9C
The 9C boys were gallant in a heavy defeat to Barker B, going down in the end by 90 runs.
The boys generally bowled well, creating wicket taking opportunities all the way through Barker’s innings, although the run rate was never really in control for an extended period of time. There were several byes conceded but only 3 wides and no-balls combined.
Adam Barnes and Hamish Wood took 2 early wickets each to reduce Barker to 5/68 after 11 overs. One of the Barker boys then hit 88 and was particularly severe on the short boundaries. Carl Giacomo and Michael O’Day tightened things up towards the end, taking 1-3 and 1-0 respectively from 2 overs each. Barker ended up being bowled out for 195 at the end of the 29th over. 
Fielding generally was excellent, with very few misfields or dropped chances, and 2 direct hit run outs.
Our chase never really got near the required run rate, with some tight bowling and difficulty penetrating the field, but the boys were technically very sound. Jono Cole and Ethan Wood were very solid early on and saw off the opening bowlers. Hamish Wood and Ethan then batted solidly together against some good bowling for a 58 run partnership in 16 overs, Ethan finishing on 38 and Hamish on 22. Michael O’Day came in late and hit 3 boundaries, but the boys held on to finish on 8/104 from their 32 overs.

9D
The 9 D’s had an impressive win on the weekend over King’s. After losing the toss Knox went in to bat first. The batting got off to a great start thanks to the skillful batting of opener William O’Sullivan who scored a total of 26 runs and Number 3 Benji Jacobson who scored 29. After 2 quick wickets Number 6 batsmen Will Wells brought stability to the batting going on to score 28 not out. Knox finished at the end of 32 overs 6/145. Fielding started well for Knox with the opening bowlers unlucky not to get wickets. Third bowler Harry Alexander started the fall of wickets finishing with 2/12 . The fall was then continued by Ethan Rodgers 2/8 and Will Lovell 2/9 courtesy of 4 catches by Nimay Kallianpur who ended the game with 5 catches. The three remaining batsmen were promptly dismissed after drinks break courtesy of Winston Lian 2/5 and Henry Hill 1/1 this capped an impressive 82 run victory for the Knox 9 D’S.

8A
The 8As headed to the beautiful oval of Tunks Park to take on Aloys on a sunny but windy morning! Whilst our warm up was obscured by a game of touch the team knew what lay ahead was going to be a very competitive game. Losing the toss and being sent in looked like a mistake to Aloys as we started off very well. Tom Osborn and Avinash Mirando both continued their form with a quick fire 21 and 33 respectively. Striking balls to all parts of the ground. In came Will Feather who has been our most solid batsmen to date this year, scoring 41 and unluckily getting out chasing runs. Don Goddard assisted Feather and the others by being the rock of the team. The last players came in looking for quick runs but unselfishly were getting out for the benefit of the team. Will Aylward batted extremely well and deserved more than 14 off 6. We posted a total of 159. 
We had our heads high but Aloys put up a very good fight! By the 27th over we only had them 3 down with the wickets to Campbell Wilson, Ed Ogilvy and Will Feather. As they chased runs we dropped the ball a little short at times and slowly hung our heads. Some late strikes from Will Feather who finished with 4-26 allowed Knox to come through and win by 2 runs on the last ball. A great effort by the boys who are slowly giving me grey hairs by taking it to the last over! Looking forward to this week. 

Notable mention goes to Will Feather with 41 and 4  wickets. Excellent work. 

8B
Knox won the toss against St. Aloysius and elected to bat. Jack Craig and Matt Taylor got our innings off to a cracking start with some hard hitting and quick running. Wickets fell in gradual increments and there was no sign of a collapse. Each batsmen contributed valuable runs which saw Knox climb to a big total of 185. Taylor retired not out with 53 - a fantastic knock.
Knox set out to bowl the same way they batted. Pressure was put on the St. Aloysius line up early. However, some classy strokes combined with the small boundaries meant that Knox was going to have to work hard to get wickets and restrict the run rate. And work hard we did. Although the opposition had plenty of batsmen waiting in the shed, they were unable to accumulate the total they needed due to Knox's consistent bowling and fielding efforts.

In the end, the frustration proved too much for St. Aloysius and they were all out for 156. This was a dominant performance by Knox and is a fantastic confidence booster for the boys after last week's disappointment.

8C
Losing the toss and bowling first proved no problem for the 8C’s thanks to Knox’s strong bowling and superb fielding. Bouwer’s (1/10) ability to swing the ball and Shannon’s (2/6) accuracy had St. Aloysius reeling at 4/16 after 6 overs. An excellent run out to Jones and Hendriksen as well as two superb catches to newly promoted Angus Rich helped the bowling attack of Kell (2/3), Stevenson (2/3), Jones (1/3) and Coughlan(1/4) to dismiss St. Aloysius for 37. Knox’s strong batting line up always had the target in sight despite the early loss of Pike. Two good partnerships between Hendriksen (14 not out) and Kirk (8), and Ferguson (9) and Coughlan (12 not out) saw the total achieved in the 6th over. Some batting practice allowed Angus Rich to club 18 runs before Knox finished with 4/76 after 12 overs. Another excellent victory set up by outstanding bowling, superior fielding skills and batting partnerships built by good running between the wickets. 

8D
The Mighty Knox 8D's faced Newington in this morning's clash, and Newington elected to bat first. Knox conceded some early runs, but made amends, grabbing an early run-out by Hamish Chan off Usman Karim's bowling. Ben Kellaway took 3/6 off 4 overs with 1 maiden, an outstanding bowling performance. Will Bailey finished with 2/14 off 3, and Will Tighe took 2/9 off 3, really showing how much they wanted this match. Captain James Tighe took a lovely catch at mid-off, but it was the power of his run-out throw that really shook the Newington batsmen. Rafael Casas grabbed his maiden wicket of the season with a clean bowling of Newington's 2nd top scorer. Knox ended Newington's innings in the final over, with Ethan Ang comfortably running-out their No. 10 batsman off Hamish's bowling. Knox bowled Newington out for 112 off 31.3 overs, a great team effort.

Knox's batting innings started, with Ethan Ang and Rafael Casas opening the batting. Some early boundaries put Knox on the front foot, but it wasn't all sweet, as some good bowling saw both Ethan and James fall in the first 8 overs. Rafael played out of his skin, defending superbly, and grabbing his first single in style. Zac Scott, 51* off 40 balls was unstoppable, knocking 11 4's and retiring after making his first 50 of the season. Hamish and Will Bailey saw out the innings, as Knox won by 7 wickets, 3/125, with 8 overs to spare. 
Today's match really showed the camaraderie of the Knox boys, as well as their passion for the game in their stunning performance with both bat and ball. Keep up the great work lads!
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Fencing

Learning to referee is an important skill for fencers. Not only does it teach the elements of scoring but it helps students to understand the finer points of the game. It's often harder than it looks as the referee has to dissect the action and make a call as to the validity of hits.

Each fencer can lift their game by making clear attacks and ripostes that can be easily seen by the referee who then awards the hit accordingly. This has a big impact on improving fencing which was evident during the bouts.
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Knox Fit

Mr Matt Cavallaro, MIC Knox Fit

This season so far there have been a few key highlights that stand out.

Firstly, our youngest group of boys are really starting to understand what KnoxFit is all about. There are always misconceptions about what KnoxFit is to those that are new. Yes it is about exercise and fitness. But to really get the full experience you start to learn that it is about a bit of the internal as well. Our workouts are challenging and for many, their first experience with such a challenge can be a bit of a shock.

However, it is pleasing to see that with the younger group, is that they fight the initial urge to lean away from the challenge and discomfort and start to lean into it. The Year 7’s are really starting to step up and as a result they are unlocking some new, more complex and demanding exercises as they work to mastery of the foundational movements.  Two boys of note from this group are Ryan Berlee (Y8) and Travis Hilton (Y8). Moving into their second years, they are starting to form identities around the notion of hard work. They have been standouts this year.

A new addition to the KnoxFit crew this season is Jonah Harvison (Y9). He was a midseason addition to the roll and he’s already impressing the coaches with his hard work and willingness to take feedback. Jonah has already voiced a goal to join our KnoxFit senior. It is great to see how this group of boys working at a high standard is now becoming a motivating force for our up and coming athletes.

Speaking of KnoxFit senior, there was lots of happy boys this week as they are starting to see the current strength focus pay off. We had quite a few Personal Best’s in key exercises this week. Hard work and consistency paying dividends.
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Mountain Biking

Mr Kai Lammert, MIC MTB

Knox Mountain Biking team created history by winning their first ever NSW All Schools Championship
A beautiful Sunday at Yellomundi Regional Park saw a record 27 Knox riders competing in the highly anticipated Jetblack NSW All school’s championships.

The best Mountain Biker in NSW competed in the 254 rider strong field.

Our 1st Senior team (Mathew Dinham, Harrison Ward and Luke Routledge), the youngest team in the senior competition won the NSW title beating a top class field. 

Our 2nd senior team lead by captain Ben Fitton finished in 7th position.

The Intermediates (Year 9 & 10) Team 5 finished 5th on the ladder followed closely by Knox 4 Knox 6 finished 13th and added some valuable points to the overall team points.

Our Juniors demonstrated their class by having 2 teams on the podium. Knox 7 finished only 7 minutes before Knox 8 and was only beaten by Newington on the day. 

The Knox 9 finished in 26th position and added important points to get the team over the line in the overall standing. A special thanks goes to “AJ” Richter who unfortunately wasn’t able to ride, but came out all the way to the Yellomundi to support the boys.

A big thank you goes out to all parents, coaches and riders. This was a truly special event that will stay with the boys for a very long time.

NSW All Schools Champions 2016  
9 Thomas Burns
9 Max Callaghan
9 Tom McKernan
8 Hugh Phillips
8 William James
8 Jordan Fowler
7 Ethan Han
7 Chris Abberton
7 Jack Vizard
7 Finn KANE
6 Christopher Laniewski
6 Luke Derry
6 James Derry
5 Joe Andrews
5 Charles Sargent
5 Toby Marchant
4 Gil Garrett
4 Harry Evans
4 Luke Hennig-Smith
2 Matt Laniewski
2 Ben Fitton
2 Matthew Muir
2 Harrison Ager
1 Mathew Dinham
1 Harrison Ward
1 Luke Routledge

Coaches: Cam Smee, Michael Potter, Jacob van Egmond 

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Squash

Mr Eric van Arkkels, MIC Squash

Knox 1st lost 1-2 to Briars 1. N You Lee played to his strengths in a hard fought five setter, Nick using the back of court with some well-placed forehand and cross court drives, F Hellen -Ford played a very determined match winning one game with Finn narrowly beaten on the day. It was a much better performance with a result not far away, R Rattan injured.

K2 won 3-0 over Willoughby 2.   A Soonius, E Xie and N Huang all had convincing wins with very determined performances by all.

K3 won 3-0 over Willoughby 3.   Z Slomin set the tempo early with some well-placed drives and cross court shots varying his plays Zach proved too strong in the end, C William played a hard fought five setter with some quality drops and boasts.   Chris overcame a comeback to win his game, P Koch dominated early and never relented with some well-placed back hand and forehand drives.

K5 won 3-0 over K6 with L Tilley starting strong, playing well placed drives and cross court shots O Ellard found it hard to settle into his game with Leo going on to win. L Marinaki challenged himself playing two games with a strong performance in both with some well-placed back hand shots.  Luke also stayed focused limiting his opponents’ time on the ball, both A Lin Lacy and D Wade tried hard chasing every ball but just not enough on the day.

K7 won 2-0 over K8.  P Mehti started slowly with some unforced errors and found himself one game down but Pranav managed to settle with some well-placed back of court shots giving him the edge as his opponent E O Sullivan started strong using the court well.  Eddie played some well-placed drives but unfortunately just not enough on the day.  F Prince dominated early with well-placed front of court boasts and cross court drives proving too strong for his opponent J Merhi
who to his credit never stopped trying varying his plays, but just not happening for him on the day.

K9 lost 0-3 to K10 with A Xu H Mendes D Loyzaga playing to their strengths with well-placed drives and cross court shots team9 A Jenkins C Beauchamp and S Kim found themselves chasing hard with little gain but they never stopped trying and were only beaten by 3 points.

K11 won 2-1 over K12.   L Hincks was determined not to give much away with some clinical serves and well-placed drives Lachy set the tempo early and didn't look back.  His opponent V Zhong not settling into his game found the match challenging, but to Victors credit played to the last ball, E Denton started strong playing the back of court with well-placed drives and cross court shots found his opponent L Cameron out of position giving Ewan the opportunity to expose him with well-placed front of court boasts but never giving up.   Lucas tried hard just not enough on the day, D Pathirana continues to improve with some well-placed back of court back and forehand drives Dylan proved too strong for his opponent F Bryant who played so well the score was not indicative of the game 
with Flynn playing some quality back hand shots and drops this game had some great rallies well worth watching.

K14 won 3-0 over Briars6.   L Thomas, S McKay and M Walker - this team started well and didn't look back with well-placed drives and cross court shots along with some quality serves Knox14 were too strong on the day.

K15 won 2-1 over K16.   O Weeding setting the tempo early with some great serves and cross court plays this  gave his opponent J Allen little time to settle with Jordan chasing and  finding the pace of the game challenging but  he never stopped trying.  W Degotardi continues to improve with a strong performance focusing on the back of court playing some well-placed back and forehand drives this gave his opponent J Ng little time to respond also making some unforced errors through rushing.   Jordan never gave up varying his plays just not enough on the day.
 
To the boys - well played by all – a great effort.

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Tennis

Mr Ben Higgins, MIC Tennis

Saturday 5 November 2016 saw Knox take on St Aloysius away at Tennis Cove with our 1st and 2nd team.

The 1st team got off to a pretty good start winning 3 sets out of the 4 played putting in a good position leading into the singles. Pedro Papangelis came out and beat their No.1 player 6-3 whilst Charlie Wong had another good singles win 6-0. The 1st team went onto to win well 7-1 overall.

The 2nd team had a real battle on their hands with after the doubles the team was down 1-3 on sets. It was now down to the singles where No.1 and No.2 both won to tie the match up. Then unfortunately Thomas Burwood lost a close match 6-7. It was now down to the Year 8 player Cohen Rinas making his debut for the 2nd team. He needed to win for us to win on games and he did just that winning 6-1 in his singles match completely outplaying his opponent. The 2nd team won by 10 games in the end. 

The 3rd team had a close match with some great improvement shown by Kevin Sun in his singles. The team lost by 3 games. 

The 4th team showed their strength to win 5-1 overall with some impressive tennis played by Harikesh Pushpapathan in his singles to win 6-0. Teams 5th- 9th all played internal tennis to help practice their match play in singles and doubles.

The 10A and B teams were unstoppable on the weekend winning 6-0 overall in both teams. The boys showed real professionalism on the court and great sportsmanship towards their opponents. The C and D team also had wins with the C team winning 4-2 overall and the D team winning 5 -1 with an impressive display from Angus McBarron in both singles and doubles. Teams E – G played an internal doubles at Turramurra Park.

The Year 9A team played some beautiful tennis to win 5-1 with an impressive show by Adrian Si in both singles and doubles. The B team unfortunately lost due to forfeiting a singles and doubles match after being a player down. The boys all worked very hard to do the best for the team but couldn’t quite get the games and sets they needed. The C and D team both played brilliantly to win 5-1 overall in both teams. Teams E- G all played an internal match play to work on their singles and doubles. The boys are all showing great signs of knowledge and understanding of the game.

The Year 8A team continued their great form to win 5-1 overall whilst the B team won 6-0 with some outstanding tennis played by Gavin Lee in both singles and doubles. The C and D teams showed their strength to win 5-1 overall in both matches. Teams E- J all played internal tennis at both the senior and prep school courts. The boys all worked hard and are all continuing to show improvement.

Overall it was a very successful weekend for Knox Tennis winning 87% of all matches played. Well done to the boys and keep up the hard work.
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Water Polo

Mr Mark McNamara, MIC Water Polo

1st Grade vs Waverley
Lost 8-10
Goalscorers: N. Trobec 3, A.Trobec 2, A.Robertson 1, J.Kyrikos 1, R. Taylor 1.

A 4-2 first quarter lead unfortunately slipped away.  Despite starting well, the team had far too many turnovers during extra man attack and could not convert many of the opportunities they had in this area.  As well as missing 4 swim away attacking shots, it was always going to be difficult to win with poor shooting averages. However, some fine shooting displays by Aiden Robertson and Nic Trobec.  Waverley's junior Australian representative was allowed to shoot too freely and get away with some tactics that Knox defenders were not able to resolve. His 6 goals and several assists was enough to give Waverley the points.  

2nd Grade: Won 23-4
Goalscorers: Ted Harrison 7, Oscar Ley 6, Will Harte 4, Tom Winterton 3, Xavier Wall 2, Tom Cartwright 1.
Our second grade put on a polished performance today and ran away with a massive result winning by 19 goals. Oscar Ley, Ted Harrison, Tom Winterton and Will Harte were ever threatening and were too fit and too skillful for Waverley.  A great result after last week's narrow loss to Newington.
 
16A: Lost 3-5
Goalscorers: H.Sturrock 1, D. Horsfall 1, A. Heintze 1.
The U16's A team had a close game going down to Waverley.  

16B: Won 11-3
Goalscorers: B. Phillips 4, N. Desmet 3, L. Pudney 1, M. Glover 1, M. McAsey 1 and A. Wardley 1.
The 16B's continued with their good form this season with a solid win. Bodhi Phillips and Nic Desmet led the way with their goalscoring feats whilst the defence was barely troubled.
 
15's: Won 9-6
Goalscorers: W. Bondy 4, E. Heys 2, M. Longstaff 2, C. Cormio 1.
A very entertaining game was provided to the spectators against a very competitive Waverley team.
Goalie Pat Hogan made many fine saves and showed his future representative potential defending the goals. Will Bondy was dominant in attack and led from the front encouraging teamwork and fine play overall.  A very good win.
 
14A: Won 10-6
Goalscorers: T. Krenkels 6, A.Robertson 1, D.Beattie 1, S. Bennett 1.
Whilst the strong 14A team was expected to dominate this game, it was hard work early on.  Whilst goalie Angus Rowe was solid, some defensive lapses kept Waverly in the game and it took a 6 goal haul from Tyler Krenkels, with four gaols in the last quarter, to secure the win.
Some fine tuning is needed by this team, but certainly swimming ability and fitness are their key attributes at the moment.
 
14B: Drew 4-4
Goalscorers: J.Sun 2, W. Dixon 1, K.Park 1.
Despite holding an early 4-2 lead, the boys tired in the second half of the game to concede two goals in the third quarter. A scoreless last quarter resulted in a drawn game. James Sung and Kevin Park were impressive with Paul Lee and Will Dixon showing their improvement.
 
Prep Black: Won 18-4
In a very dominant display the young Prep boys were never troubled.  They played as a team and looked very impressive. Their counterattack was quick as lightning and their dedication and enthusiasm to training and playing is proving to be very beneficial to their development.
With many players fighting for regular spots in the Black team, the competition to keep the improvement going is a major inspiration.  Well done boys!
 
Prep Blue: Internal game.
Several of the younger boys played their first game with the black team today and fitted in well in what ended up an easy win.
Player of the Day: -Ted Harrison 2nd grade.
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Sport Wet Weather Information

Wet Weather Information
Prep: 9901 7982
Senior: 9901 7701
Online: Download the 'Prep Skoolbag' or 'Senior School Skoolbag app' - search 'Knox Grammar' in the app store
Sport fixtures are advertised on the fixture schedule on the Knox Portal.

These fixtures can change due to many factors and changes after 3pm on Fridays due to wet weather, cancellations or forfeits will be advertised on the sports info website and wet weather number. 
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Boarder Travel to Sport

Any boarder who needs assistance with travel arrangements to each Saturdays sport should check with their coach to assist in arranging transport.
Where this has not been successful then students should check with their housemaster to assist with arrangements.
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No Dogs Allowed Policy

To improve safety of the students and visitors to the school, we have a No Dogs Allowed policy. Dogs are prohibited, leashed or unleashed, on school grounds, unless they are assistance dogs, security patrol dogs or police dogs.

Dogs may not be brought onto any Knox Grammar School property, including the Prep and Senior School campuses and all playing fields, including Curagul and Gillespie Fields.

Signage has been installed and our Security Team has been asked to let parents and carers know that we are a dog-free school. If you bring a dog onto school property, you may be approached by the School's Security Team and asked to leave.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding on this safety initiative.

Mouthguards

It is school policy that we recommend all students wear mouthguards for training and games for AFL, Football and Rugby.

Coaches have been asked to check that students have them as training will be modified if they do not have them.  


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